Galatasaray of Turkey striker, Henry Onyekuru showed how determined he is to transform club form into action with the national team, as he was on Monday among the early arrivals at the Super Eagles’ camp.
Footballllive.n gathered that Onyekuru, who scored twice for his club last weekend, was one of the early arrivals at the camp in Asaba, Delta State, alongside Leicester City attacker, Kelechi Iheanacho, Victoria Setubal midfielder Mikel Ndubuisi Agu and Moses Simon of Levante.
Agu, who is making a return to the team since the World Cup snub, was in action on Friday night in Setubal’s to a 2-1 win over Fereinse.
The early birds make up the first batch of 23 players invited for Saturday’s match at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.
The same group will prosecute the friendly encounter against the Cranes of Uganda at Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba three days later.
From the original list if invitees, Francis Odinaka Uzoho and Odion Jude Ighalo have dropped out with injuries, thereby giving room for late calls to Theophilus Afelokhai and Onyekuru respectively.
Chile 2015 FIFA U17 World Cup winners, Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze area also included, along with home-based defender Adeleye Olamilekan Aniyikaye.
Eagl;es coach, Gernot Rohr, though, is keeping faith with majority of the group that trounced Libya’s Mediterranean Knights last month, but ace midfielder, Wilfred Onyinyen Ndidi is ineligible due to two yellow cards.
Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Daniel Akpeyi and Afelokhai are the goalkeepers that would be jostling to be in-between the sticks for the Eagles, who are set to be captained once again by Saudi Arabia-based Ahmed Musa.
Nigeria, top of Group E of the series with nine points, battle eight point second placed South Africa on Saturday, 17th November in one of the Match Day 5 fixtures.
Victory in the top-of-the-table encounter will send the Eagles to AFCON 2019 in Cameroon, with the second ticket down to a fierce call between Bafana and Libya’s Knights.